We made it! Another school year done.
We begin the summer holidays with the first in a succession of recommended books that kids have loved and have been shared on the app.
Today's selections tip where to go once readers have devoured all seven Harry Potter books, (the sequel play, seen all the films, bought the cape and done the Studio Tour). It coincides with the joint birthdays of the world's most famous wizard and his creator, J.K.Rowling.
Happy birthday on Wednesday! 🧙🏻♂️
We'll see you next week with more books that matter.
Oh and in the meantime, don't forget to update the app to discover if there are other parents from your kids' schools within the Kinfo community.
First up, we must include the Harry Potter books. The stories are a global phenomenon, translated into every language going and worshipped by millions. Any 7-year-old who doesn't yet know about Hogwarts, Hagrid and Harry – this is one for them. Recommended by a mum of 1.
Mystery, adventure and intrigue, wrapped up an amusing plot that involves a 12-year-old "evil boy genius" on a mission to restore his family fortune. Recommended by a parent of 1. Be aware, Artemis isn't very likeable and is something of an anti-hero; the polar opposite to Potter.
"Read by my child's class teacher, then we watched the film at home, both which our son enjoyed," writes a mum of 2. A story of survival and friendship among a bunch of boys at a detention centre will be a nice change to the world of lotions and potions.
But of course, if your fantasy lover wants more hocus-pocus wizardry, this adventure series set in an ancient world of wizards, warriors, giants and sprites will tick a few boxes. Recommended by a mum of 1 and written by the same author of the popular How To Train Your Dragon stories (also recommended on Kinfo app).
Diana Wynne Jones
A fast-paced story that includes a castle, curses, a wicked witch and invisibility cloaks. There is also a well-reviewed, animated film that the family will enjoy. "Enchanting, magical and funny – thumbs up," says one parent.
A boy raised by ghouls in a graveyard makes for a gripping yarn, written by another much-loved author, in this his first children's fiction. "Creepy, supernatural and my daughter liked the characters," says this parent. "She couldn't put it down."
Abi Elphinstone & others
This collection of wintery short stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers, is recommended by a mum of 2. All this talk of snow could feel rather refreshing in tropical climes?
"Lord of the Flies for the 21st Century" is pretty much how this series is billed. Recommended by a mum whose son was onto the 4th book in the series within two weeks! Which, thinking about it, sounds like some serious hours of peace for us adults to enjoy our own books on holiday, right?